Addison, TX – Concentra recently announced it is expanding its delivery of quality medical care to more employees through the addition of telemedicine services as part of a strategic partnership with American Well, the nation’s leading telehealth technology company. The addition of the new telemedicine service allows employees to virtually connect with Concentra physicians via computers, kiosks, and smart mobile devices.
With its new telemedicine service, Concentra gives employers another option to seek trusted, expert care for their employees 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The virtual physician visit improves access for injured workers to be seen by a physician quickly and start treatment early. This is a key step in a fast return-to-work plan, while limiting costs to the employer. For injured employees who work after-hours or in more rural areas, the use of telemedicine for occupational injuries offers a reliable remote option for quality medical care.
“Our introduction of telemedicine offers an exciting enhancement to the occupational medicine industry, with a unique focus on workplace health and treatment for workers’ comp claims, helping to ensure prompt care,” said Concentra Chief Executive Officer Keith Newton. “Through this innovation, we’re able to create an exclusive network that combines the most advanced platform with the most advanced occupational medicine providers, reshaping the industry we helped to create nearly 35 years ago.”
Concentra currently offers occupational medicine and urgent care services to employees through its network of 400+ community-based medical centers and onsite facilities. The addition of telemedicine services adds convenience for employees while also connecting to a physical location for follow-up treatment, specialist care, or physical therapy, if recommended. Telemedicine preserves the confidentiality of the patient-physician relationship with secure, HIPAA-compliant transactions, and is an accepted application of medical care in most states.
“Workplace health and wellness is essential to employee productivity. Concentra is innovative in their approach to making their leading occupational clinical network available to employers and patients online. Our technology will help Concentra extend and deliver a wide range of health care services – reducing overall costs, making access easier and raising the standard of health,” said Danielle Russella, President of Customer Solutions at American Well. “We care about employee health and on-going wellness. We are proud to join forces with Concentra to deliver quality, trusted care to the nation’s workforce.”
Concentra will launch its telemedicine offering in early 2017 in select states with plans for expansion later in the year. By combining American Well’s full-service, on-demand platform with Concentra’s experience in caring for employees, this new partnership will further strengthen an already expansive national footprint for both companies.